The Swordsmith Village Arc Will Feature Two Hashiras in Action

Demon Slayer Season 3 will premiere in April 2023.

Demon Slayer Season 3 will be the first time we will see two Hashiras in action. | via Aniplex

by | Dec 13, 2022

The new year will mark the return of several beloved anime, but none might be more anticipated that the return of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. The third season of the show, aka the Swordsmith Village Arc, was first announced back in February 2022, and immediately found its way to thousands of watchlists.

While Ufotable might not have given the show an official release date, we have some big news: the Kimetsu no Yaiba Swordsmith Village Arc will premiere in April, and with a special one-hour episode. The makers have also accompanied this news with a brand-new trailer, and it certainly makes you look forward to the epic battle to ensue between the demons and their slayers.

Demon Slayer Season 3 Confirms Release with Brand-New Trailer

The Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Promotion Reel was shared on the anime’s official Twitter account, notifying fans not only of the show’s release window but also of the World Tour coming in 2023.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – To the Swordsmith Village – World Tour coming in 2023 with premiere event in Los Angeles on February 18th and theatrical release in the U.S. and Canada on March 3rd!

The preview begins with a retrospective view of the story so far, with glimpses of the Mugen Train Arc as well as the Entertainment District Arc across multiple reels. Ufotable sure known how to hype up their production.

The preview then gives us glimpses of a black Nichirin sword – the weapon of choice of Demon Slayers – along with the text “To a New Mission,” obviously implicating Tanjiro’s journey to the Swordsmith Village. We then get a look at Muichiro Tokito, the dazed “Mist Hashira”, as well as the pink-haired, lighthearted “Love Hashira,” Mitsuri Kanroji.

The preview gives us an extended took at the key characters in season 3, and as the keen eyed might have noticed, Zenitsu and Inosuke are nowhere to be found. The trailer then moves on to tease an April 2023 release without giving a definitive release date, along with the announcement that the first episode will be a 1-hour special.

The preview ends with an order from Muzan, the main antagonist of the show, stating his “wish to annihilate the Demon Slayer Corps,” along with text indicating the assembling of the Upper Rank demons.

A Special Demon Slayer World Tour for the Fans

Considering Demon Slayer’s success on the big screen with the Mugen Train movie, it’s no surprise that the series will mark its return with a special screening. Titled “World Tour Screenings: Demon Slayer: The Upper Ranks Gather and Onward to the Swordsmith Village,” the screenings will run in theaters in over 80 territories from Feb. 3 onwards.

The screenings will include episodes 10 and 11 of the Entertainment District Arc, as well as the first episode from the new Swordsmith Village Arc. Here’s the official schedule for the World Tour Screenings (thanks Anime News Network):

  • Japan: Feb. 3 in 418 theaters, including 41 IMAX screens
  • Tokyo: Special screenings with guest appearances on Feb. 4 and 5
  • Los Angeles: Feb. 18 at The Orpheum Theater with Natsuki Hanae, Yūma Takahashi, and a performance by Aimer
  • United States and Canada: Mar. 3 in over 1,700 theaters in both English subbed and dubbed versions
  • Paris: Feb. 25 with Yūma Takahashi
  • Berlin: Feb. 26 with Yūma Takahashi
  • Mexico City: Mar. 4 with Natsuki Hanai
  • Seoul: Mar. 11 with Akari Kitō, Yūma Takahashi
  • Taipei: Mar. 19 with Natsuki Hanae, Kengo Kawanishi, Bana Hanazawa, and Yūma Takahashi

You can get more details on the Demon Slayer World Tour 2023 by visiting the official website here.

What Can You Expect from the Swordsmith Village Arc?

The Entertainment District Arc of Demon Slayer ends on a bittersweet note for Tanjiro’s Party as they succeed in defeating an Upper Rank demon, but at the cost of losing one of the strongest and most flamboyant Hashira.

The official synopsis for Demon Slayer season 3 is as follows:

Tanjiro journeys to a village of swordsmiths and has to explain how his sword was so badly damaged to Hotaru Haganezuka, the smith who made it. While Tanjiro waits for his sword to be repaired, enemies close in… The Mist Hashira, Muichiro Tokito engages the demons, but hell need some help from Tanjiro and Genya, another Demon Slayer. Its bad enough that they have to fight 2 Upper Ranks, but can they handle a foe who can split itself into 4 separate bodies and regenerate almost instantly?

Ufotable has a knack for creating beautiful animation, and the battle animations from Demon Slayer have been nothing short of amazing. With 2 Upper Rank demons and 2 Hashiras thrown in the mix, you can expect an even more action packed season.

Just like the previous seasons, Demon Slayer: Swordsmith Village Arc is expected to air on Crunchyroll, Netflix, or Hulu depending upon your region. Stay tuned to receive more updates about your favourite anime.